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Network Rail considering electrification of Stamford railway line

The railway line through Stamford could be electrified as part of a bid by Network Rail to become more environmentally friendly.

It would mean 25,000 volt overhead cables would be installed above the track allowing bi-mode trains to switch to electric rather than using diesel.

Gary Walsh, route director for Network Rail’s East Midlands route, said: “As part of wider plans to make the railway more environmentally friendly by 2040, we are looking at what options might exist to electrify lines in Lincolnshire and across the East Midlands to minimise carbon emissions.

Stamford Railway Station
Stamford Railway Station

“Stamford is one of the key areas being considered, as electrifying the line which connects Peterborough and Leicester would benefit the environment and bring faster, more reliable journeys for passengers. Electrification would also benefit vital freight services which run between Felixstowe and the Midlands and the North.

“Removing diesel trains from the network will reduce carbon emissions and make sure the railway is in a strong position to play a vital role in a green economy.”

Electrification would also make the area potentially lethal for oblivious youngsters trespassing on the line.

This is why Network Rail runs regular high-profile campaigns warning people about the dangers.

The company’s website states: “Bi-mode trains, when in electric mode, are quieter and better for the environment than diesel trains – benefitting both passengers and people living close to the railway.

Stamford Railway Station
Stamford Railway Station

“However, this also means there will be a deadly 25,000-volts running through the overhead wires along the railway at all times.

“Whilst there is no danger to people using the railway correctly, anyone who does not respect the railway boundary – the fence line that protects both people and the operational railway from deliberate or accidental trespass – is placing themselves at risk.”

A "significant proportion" of the railway is already electrified, Network Rail says. There is currently no timescale for when electrification of the line might take place.

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